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October 1, 1999
WALLACE AND McDOWELL IN HOT CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE IN MUSKOGEE
MUSKOGEE, OK – Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA, Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA, Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR, and Rick Eckert of York,PA won 12-lap Borla Muffler Heat Races Friday night for the $20,000-to-win OctoberFast 100 at Muskogee Speedway.
Wallace and McDowell are battling for the 1999 United Dirt Track Racing Association Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series championship. Wallace entered the event just 38 points ahead of McDowell. To open the evening, McDowell, driving the Glenn’s Auto Parts GRT/Monte Carlo, earned two bonus points by setting fast time during qualifications among the 45 entries with a lap around the ˝-mile clay oval in 21.074 seconds. McDowell then won the first heat race to earn the pole position for Saturday night’s main event.
Wallace will start directly behind McDowell in Saturday night’s big show. Wallace drove his Monday Trucking GRT/Monte Carlo to victory in the third heat race, and will start the OctoberFast 100 from the inside of the second row.
Birkhofer won the second heat race in his GRT/Grand Prix, and will start along side McDowell in the front row for Saturday night’s race. Eckert will start Saturday night’s main event from the outside of row two after driving his Raye Vest Rocket/Grand Prix to victory in the fourth heat race.
HAT championship contenders Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, and Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN also made the OctoberFast 100 “Sweet 16” on Friday night. The four heat races transferred the top four finishers in each race into Saturday night’s big show.
Bloomquist is third in the HAT points chase, just 93 points behind point leader Wallace. The defending and three-time HAT Champion finished third in the first heat race, and will start the main event from the inside of the fifth row driving his Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Mustang. Francis is fourth in the title chase, 115 points behind Wallace. Francis finished second in the second heat race, and will start his Action Auto Mart Rocket/Monte Carlo from the inside of row three on Saturday night. Smith is fifth in points, 172 points behind Wallace, but still has a mathematical chance to win his second HAT championship to go with his 1996 HAT title. Smith drove his Christenberry Trucking and Farms GRT/Monte Carlo to a third-place finish in the third heat race, and will start Saturday night’s main event from the inside of row six.
Starting positions 17 through 22 will be determined through two 12-lap Consolation Races on Saturday night. The top three finishers in the Pace American Trailers 1st Consolation Race and Polaris ATVs 2nd Consolation Race will transfer to the OctoberFast 100.
Starting spots 23 and 24 are HAT Provisionals. Those starting positions will go to the two highest eligible drivers in the point standings that did not make the field through the heat or consolation races. The HAT drivers will greet the race fans at Muskogee Speedway on Saturday afternoon with an autograph session on souvenir row at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with racing at 7:30 p.m. The race day information line is (918) 686-7223.
The latest Hav-A-Tampa news, information, points standings, statistics, season schedules, and television schedules can be found on the Internet at the Official UDTRA Web Site at www.havatamparacing.com.
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE TIME
1 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA GRT Monte Carlo 21.074
2 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Monte Carlo 21.1
3 32 Brandon Ball West Plains, MO GRT Grand Prix 21.276
4 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Grand Prix 21.28
5 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN GRT Monte Carlo 21.339
6 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA GRT Grand Prix 21.549
7 46 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Warrior Monte Carlo 21.566
8 5f Tommy Fulton Muskogee, OK Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 21.634
9 22v Alan Vaughn Belton, MO Warrior Monte Carlo 21.668
10 75 Terry Phillips Springfield, MO GRT Monte Carlo 21.773
11 11db Donnie Barnhart N. Little Rock, AR GRT Monte Carlo 21.789
12 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 21.846
13 t1t Earl Kinderknecht Salina, KS GRT Monte Carlo 21.92
14 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR Warrior Grand Prix 21.97
15 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Monte Carlo 22.017
16 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, ILL Rayburn Monte Carlo 22.038
17 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Mustang 22.044
18 9c Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 22.088
19 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 22.14
20 1jc Jim Clifton Ft. Morgan, CO GRT Monte Carlo 22.146
21 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 22.177
22 5t Jeff Taylor Batesville, AR Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 22.223
23 33 Al Purkey Coffeyville, KS American Monte Carlo 22.243
24 9cr Charles Randolph Muskogee, OK GRT Camaro 22.315
25 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 22.315
26 27st Stacy Taylor Jacksonville, AR GRT Monte Carlo 22.347
27 CV3 Clayton Christenberry Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 22.382
28 64m Rex McCroskey Springfield, MO GRT Monte Carlo 22.39
29 64L Dan Leatherman Muskogee, OK Rayburn Monte Carlo 22.451
30 427 Mike Brown Fort Gibson, OK Mastersbilt Grand Prix 22.55
31 46L Larry Leatherman Muskogee, OK American Monte Carlo 22.581
32 99c Rick Aukland Fargo, ND MasterSbilt Monte Carlo 22.584
33 92s Delbert Smith Wichita, KS GRT Monte Carlo 22.594
34 44 Bill Hendrix Rogers, AR GRT Camaro 22.657
35 17le Lance Elson Wellsburg, WV Mastersbilt Grand Prix 22.704
36 5e Leslie Essary Joplin, MO Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 22.868
37 6h James House Copan, OK Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 22.876
38 25 Randy McGraw Marshall, MO GRT Monte Carlo 22.919
39 14 Robert Dunn Centerville, AR Rayburn Camaro 22.946
40 21c Mike Conkwright Manhattan, KS American Grand Prix 22.982
41 77 Aubrey Swan Jr. Batesville, OK Stines Monte Carlo 23.439
42 99g Gary Gorby Caney, KS Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 34.759
43 0B Lonnie Richardson Paris, TX Larry Shaw Camaro NT
44 72 Kenny Bohmann Baldwin City, KS American Camaro NT
45 12rm Raymond Merrill Sallisaw, OK Larry Shaw Mustang NT
BORLA MUFFLER 12-LAP HEAT RACES (Top Four Finishers Transfer To Main Event):
1ST HEAT: 1. McDowell; 2. Arp; 3. Bloomquist; 4. Cook; 5. Vaughn; 6. D.
Leatherman; 7. Green; 8. Merrill; 9. House; 10. Kinderknecht; 11. D. Smith;
2ND HEAT: 1. Birkhofer; 2. Francis; 3. Babb; 4. Frye; 5. S. Taylor; 6. J.
Taylor; 7. Phillips; 8. Brown; 9. Hendrix; 10. McGraw.
3RD HEAT: 1. Wallace; 2. Pearson; 3. F. Smith; 4. Barnhart; 5. Ball (R);
6. Christenberry; 7. Elson; 8. Dunn; 9. Purkey; 10. Richardson; 11. L.
4TH HEAT: 1. Eckert; 2. Moyer; 3. McCroskey; 4. Erb (R); 5. Essary; 6.
Aukland; 7. Fulton; 8. Conkwright; 9. Randolph; 10. Bohmann; 11. Clifton.
“SWEET 16” STARTING LINE-UP FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL OCTOBERFAST 100:
17m – Dale McDowell, Rossville, GA, Glenn’s Auto Parts GRT/Monte Carlo
15b – Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, IA, Birkhofer Motorsports GRT/Grand Prix
6m – Wendell Wallace, Batesville, AR, Monday Trucking GRT/Grand Prix
24 – Rick Eckert, York, PA, Raye Vest Rocket/Grand Prix
31 – Skip Arp, Georgetown, TN, Curtis Equipment GRT/Monte Carlo
15 – Steve Francis, Ashland, KY, Action Auto Mart Rocket/Monte Carlo
46 – Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, FL, M&M Transport Warrior/Monte Carlo
21 – Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR, Petroff Towing GRT/Grand Prix
0 – Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN, Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Mustang
9c – Shannon Babb, Decatur, IL, 10-10-220 Rayburn/Monte Carlo
00 – Freddy Smith, Knoxville, TN, Christenberry Trucking and Farms GRT/Monte
64 – Rex McCroskey, Springfield, MO, Rockin’ R Ranch GRT/Monte Carlo
53 – Ray Cook, Brasstown, NC, Youngblood Concrete GRT/Mustang
66 – Bill Frye, Greenbrier, AR, UniFirst Uniforms Warrior/Grand Prix
11b – Donnie Barnhart, North Little Rock, AR, B&M Excavating GRT/Monte Carlo
28 – Dennis Erb Jr. (R), Carpentersville, IL, 2peatRepeat Rayburn/Monte
Pace American Trailers 1st Consolation Race Winner
Polaris ATVs 2nd Consolation Race Winner
Pace American Trailers 1st Consolation Race Runner-Up
Polaris ATVs 2nd Consolation Race Runner-Up
Pace American Trailers 1st Consolation Race Third-Place Finisher
Polaris ATVs 2nd Consolation Race Third-Place Finisher
CONSOLATION RACE LINE-UPS (Top Three Finishers Transfer To Main Event):
PACE AMERICAN TRAILERS 1ST CONSY:
22 AlanVaughn – 32 Brandon Ball
64L Dan Leatherman – CV3 Clayton Christenberry
89 Marshall Green – 17e Lance Elson
12m Raymond Merrill – 14 Robert Dunn
6h James House – 33 Al Purkey
t1t Earl Kinderknecht – b0b Lonnie Richardson
92 Delbert Smith – 46L Larry Leatherman
77 Aubrey Swan Jr.
POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY:
27 Stacy Taylor – 5e Leslie Essary
5t Jeff Taylor – 99c Rick Aukland
75 Terry Phillips – 5f Tommy Fulton
427 Mike Brown – 21c Mike Conkwright
44 Bill Hendrix – 9r Charles Randolph
25 Randy McGraw – 72 Kenny Bohmann
99g Gary Gorby – 1c Jim Clifton
R – Denotes Hav-A-Tampa Rookie of the Year Candidate